Britain wants 'proportionate' response to Russian Federation after spy poisoning

A police notice is attached to screening surrounding a restaurant which was visited by former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Salisbury Britain

Russian Federation denies it was behind the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, calling the accusation "delirium and nonsense".

He said: "It is a cold war".

"We hope that during those discussions a full stop will be placed on [the issue of] what happened" to former spy Sergei Skripal, Mr Putin said in Ankara ahead of the meeting on Wednesday of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

US President Donald Trump defended his embrace of Vladimir Putin Tuesday, saying good relations were important but claiming no one had been tougher on Russian Federation.

"Russia's response was not unanticipated and the will deal with it", the White House said in a statement without elaborating.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of involvement in the March 4 nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the accusations Russian Federation has vehemently denied.

The OPCW said Russian Federation had asked for the meeting but London has already accused Moscow of requesting the OPCW talks as a "diversionary tactic".

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Skripal's poisoning was "in the UK's interests" and accused the West of playing "children's games".

Trump reiterated his long-standing call for better relations with Moscow, despite a series of conflagrations and crises, including Russian meddling in the USA election and the poisoning of a Russian double agent on British soil.

Britain has also suspended high-level diplomatic contact with Moscow.

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In response Russian Federation expelled 23 British diplomats, closed a British consulate in Saint Petersburg and halted the activities of the British Council educational and cultural organisation.

British officials have previously rejected similar Russian allegations.

The official told The Associated Press that France would not respond to Russian Federation until Moscow answers questions posed by Britain's government on March 12.

"There is no way anything like that could have come from us or left the four walls of our facility", he said.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the March 4 attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a claim that Moscow fiercely denies.

The admission is likely to be seized on by Russian Federation which has suggested that the nerve agent could have come from other nations, or from Porton Down, which is eight miles from Salisbury, the scene of the attack.

The global chemical weapons control body will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, at Russia's request.

He argued that experts have said that such nerve agents could have been made in some 20 countries.

On Saturday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook that more than 50 diplomats and staff members of the United Kingdom diplomatic mission in Russia would have to return to the United Kingdom in order to maintain the parity in the number of diplomatic personnel of the two countries. Moscow vehemently denies its responsibility.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko called the poisoning a "provocation arranged by Britain" in order to justify high military spending because "they need a major enemy".

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